Introduction


It's been a while since chatter of a Firefox OS was nothing more than a faint whisper, so we'll be checking up with the Mozilla-developed platform's progress as it performs on the Alcatel One Touch Fire with a level of excitement. Originally known as Boot to Gecko (B2G), Firefox OS has definitely been going on for a while now, though an essential question remains: is the OS worth investing into?

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • USB Cable
  • Earphones with a microphone
  • User manual

Design


As most other low-cost smartphones out there, the Alcatel One Touch Fire is just a slab of glossy plastic. We see nothing impressive or innovative about its design, but we can't call it bad either. The handset itself, despite being a bit chubby, is light, comfortable to hold, and small enough to fit in most pockets. It can be used easily with a single hand thanks to its petite proportions. The overall feel you get when interacting in any way with the One Touch Fire, however, is decidedly low end – the plastic feels even cheaper than usual.

Underneath the phone's touchscreen we have a single capacitive button that takes the user back to the home screen when tapped. The power and volume buttons, located on the top-left and left sides of the handset respectively, are well exposed and have a nice travel to them.


Alcatel OneTouch Fire

Alcatel OneTouch Fire

Dimensions

4.53 x 2.45 x 0.48 inches

115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm

Weight

3.81 oz (108 g)

ZTE Open

ZTE Open

Dimensions

4.49 x 2.44 x 0.49 inches

114 x 62 x 12.5 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Sony Xperia E

Sony Xperia E

Dimensions

4.47 x 2.43 x 0.43 inches

113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm

Weight

4.08 oz (116 g)

LG Optimus L3 II

LG Optimus L3 II

Dimensions

4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches

102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Fire

Alcatel OneTouch Fire

Dimensions

4.53 x 2.45 x 0.48 inches

115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm

Weight

3.81 oz (108 g)

ZTE Open

ZTE Open

Dimensions

4.49 x 2.44 x 0.49 inches

114 x 62 x 12.5 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Sony Xperia E

Sony Xperia E

Dimensions

4.47 x 2.43 x 0.43 inches

113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm

Weight

4.08 oz (116 g)

LG Optimus L3 II

LG Optimus L3 II

Dimensions

4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches

102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display


The 3.5-inch TFT screen on the Alcatel One Touch Fire is barely passable, though this is somewhat justified by the phone's budget price point. While we're far from simply dismissing a display simply because of its compact proportions, there's a point to be made about the annoying persistence of 320x480 pixel panels. Viewing angles are average at best and outdoor visibility is problematic. As is the case with many budget phones, the display is one of the largest sacrifices you'll have to make when buying into a device like the One Touch Fire.

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13 Comments

1. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

For an entry level smartphone, it deserves more than 3 points. Really dissapointed that PA mostly give bad score to entry level smartphones and feature phones. PA should give the score accordingly to the phone class/level.

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

OOh, and also "CMIIW".

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I agree that a 3 is a little low, but if the bugs mentioned here are as prevalent and serious as they say, that alone is a very good reason to have a low score. Also consider how a device like this, while similarly priced, is of considerably less value than the budget friendly Lumia 520.

6. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

We rate each device based on its class. We recently reviewed the very budget Acer Liquid Z3 and it scored 7.9/10. http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Acer-Liquid-Z3-Review_id3453

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Thank you for the answer. I really appreciate it.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Wait, isn't this being compared to devices within the same price point?

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"PhoneArena.com takes over a minute to fully render, not to mention that it crashes every now and then after loading for a while. " Uh, that's not a shocker - it does the same thing with my HTC Sensation, and that thing is what, 2 generations newer of a CPU? Your site sucks for mobile devices.

7. buccob

Posts: 2956; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually I think it is a known problem using Opera with Turbo (or Off Road) mode ON... IF by any chance that is your case... I do not have problems with PA over Chrome, Puffin or WEBmall Browser for Sony's Small Apps

11. chamucost20

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Actually, the site takes quite some time to load even on Chrome on a Huawei Y320 which is no slouch... funny how a site dedicated to mobile devices doesn't work so well on mobile devices. I have been using the One Touch Fire for a couple of months now and though it still has some bugs (like not being able to establish a data connection after turning Airplane Mode on and off), it's nothing close to the horror story PhoneArena is telling, and there's just no way the phone deserves a 3/10 -.-

9. DanielWalsh1294

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

What is the effing point of this phone and OS. They are both @#$5.

10. SebasCvdB

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

The specs on this phone is horrible even for a low budget phone. You think Alcatel could do better at this point. Also I smell lawsuit if Apple would see this thing. I feel like I've been trasported back to 2007 / 2008 looking at this thing.

12. chamucost20

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Which wouldn't be a surprise, they would even sue an apple tree for "infringing on their trademark" xD

13. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aliexpress. Satisfied! http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/VJ2rjEMrZ
OneTouch Fire
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1400 mAh(3h 3G talk time)

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